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Sochi 2014 - Women's Figure Skating

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Who else is obsessing over ice skating in the Olympics? I mean, can we talk about this for a second? Adelina Sotnikova (called "the other Russian") edged out favorite, Yuna Kim of South Korea for the gold. If you haven't heard of her, I don't blame you. While the whole world was talking about the younger, more accomplished Russian star, Yulia Lipnitskaya, Sotnikova quietly came and delivered her country's first women's Olympics singles championship. So apparently this was a major shocker to a lot of people but long time figure skater (and my BFF), Alicia Leslie says it's all just...

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Saving Old Pointe Shoes

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I came across this picture of a dancer's collection of old pointe shoes over 10 years. That's a pretty awesome visual of dedication and hard work. But I'm sure her room smells like death.  When it comes to old pointe shoes, do you toss or keep? Au Revoir xoxo Josephine

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For the Love of Ballet

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Happy Valentine's Day lovelies! You can find romance in almost any famous ballet: Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. But one of the most romantic is Giselle: the story of love, betrayal and redemption. If you're not familiar with the story: it's about a beautiful peasant girl named Giselle who falls in love with a handsome young Duke disguised as a peasant. But when she finds out his true identity and that he is betrothed to another, she becomes so devastated, she loses her mind. Her insanity leads to her death. She becomes a ghost and joins spirits...

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Winter Olympics 2014 Opening Ceremony

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Well played, Russia. Well played. Besides winning most-difficult-names-to-spell, Russia boasts some of the best ballet companies and dancers  in the world. So of course they called on Russia's world-renown Bolshoi Ballet to give the world this glorious performance in the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Spectacular. Stunning. Sensational. Svetlana. You. Are. Perfect. (Did I spell that right?)   Au Revoir xoxo Josephine

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The Wand Chooses the Wizard

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Put your nerd caps on... Remember when Harry Potter went to pick his very first wand? Getting your first pair of pointe shoes is kinda like that. Every foot is unique. You need a different shoe depending on your strength, flexibility, shape and size. That is why it is important to find a professional fitter who has the knowledge and the selection to accommodate every foot. Finding the perfect fit may be a long process, but once you find "the one," it can be quite magical (I know, nerdiest joke ever). Au revoir xoxo Josephine  

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